Iraq and the 'Bush Doctrine': Storming the Desert

Despite the increase in United States casualties in the renewed campaign against Al Qaeda in Afghanistan, Washington appears determined to tackle the problem of Iraq and its possession of weapons of mass destruction. It is now not a question of whether military action is to be taken against Baghdad in the next stage of its ‘war’ against terrorism, but when and how.

The World Today
Published 1 April 2002 Updated 23 October 2020 5 minute READ

Success in a new war against Iraq would be a defining moment in the evolution of the ‘Bush doctrine’. In the aftermath of September 11, we have seen growing coherence and confidence in this strategy of ‘offensive defence’.

The Bush doctrine does not appear to tolerate non- alignment in the campaign against terrorism. In this conflict there can be no moderates, only those for or against the United States. In many respects it is an attempt to codify international relations in the post-Cold War era, recognising and institutionalising the political effects of globalisation.

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